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David Cameron's EU deal: what he wanted and what he got

<b>Emergency brake</b><p><b>What Cameron wanted</b>: A four-year freeze on in-work benefits for EU citizens working in the UK. Ahead of the summit, David Cameron made a crucial concession that the changes would not apply to EU workers already in Britain, only to new arrivals.<p>This left one problem to solve at the …

A Shocking Number Of Kids Are Fighting And Dying For ISIS

The use of child fighters creates a horrifying dilemma for forces battling the militant group.<p>The so-called Islamic State group is recruiting children and sending them to die on the battlefields of Syria and Iraq at an “increasing and unprecedented rate,” according to a new study of the group’s …

Who Crashed China’s Stock Market?

Beijing’s top five scapegoats, from journalists to hedge funds to the U.S. federal reserve<p>China’s stock markets continue to stumble, despite the massive stimulus that the government has unleashed to prop them up. The Shanghai benchmark index fell by 1.23 percent Tuesday, after closing down slightly …

Stock Markets

Victoria to ban protesters from harassing women at abortion clinics

Victorian government agrees to deal with Sex party MP Fiona Patten to introduce protest exclusion zones outside fertility clinics<p>Protesters will be banned from harassing women on the steps of Victorian abortion clinics before the end of the year.<p>The Victorian government has agreed to a deal with …

Thousands of Icelanders Have Volunteered to Take Syrian Refugees Into Their Homes

More than 11,000 Icelanders have offered to take Syrian refugees into their homes, after their government said it would accept only 50 people this …

China unveils high-speed rail line to North Korean border

China opened a new high-speed rail line to the North Korean border Tuesday as Chinese officials inch ahead with plans to encourage trade with their erratic neighbor.<p>But some analysts see the new route more as a reflection of China's infrastructure-building programs and a demonstration of Beijing's …

Australia launches giant selfie service for tourists

Never mind your selfie sticks, Australia is now offering tourists massive selfies from hundreds of metres away.<p>Tourism Australia recently launched …

Australia

Google uses Search as a secret job interview tool

Shutterstock<p>Google is well known for its love of puzzles and leaving little hidden secrets dotted around and it turns out that the company applies similar techniques while it is on the hunt for new employees too.<p>Max Rosett, a new Google employee, blogged about his recent recruitment experience at …

Ex-Apple CEO and Beats designers create sleek budget Android phones

2015 will be remembered as the year budget Android smartphones stopped being junk and started being pretty damn good.<p>The $199 Obi Worldphone SF1 and …

Mobile Technology

The One Time Silicon Valley's Herd Mentality Comes In Handy

For a part of the world so obsessed with iconoclasts, Silicon Valley is awfully susceptible to the herd mentality. The same venture firms funnel billions into the same app ideas, the same plutocrats defend the status quo on the same social network (hello again, Twitter), and all the startups figure …

Silicon Valley

Erdogan Contends with ISIS, Kurds, and a Government Crisis

The security situation in Turkey has started to resemble what is happening in Arab nations, whose capitals and ancient cities are frequently rocked by bombs but also confused politics. Turkey will not become a new Syria, which all powers have worked to transform into a magnet for terrorism and …

Iran unveils new missile, says seeks peace through strength

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran on Saturday unveiled a new surface-to-surface missile it said could strike targets with pin-point accuracy within a range of 500 km (310 miles) and it said military might was a precondition for peace and effective diplomacy.<p>Iran's President Hassan Rouhani arrives for a …

Japan protests Russian PM's visit to disputed island

TOKYO/ITURUP (Reuters) - Japan on Saturday lodged a protest over Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to one of four disputed Pacific islands which have strained ties between the two countries since the end of World War Two.<p>Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speaks as he attends the …

Woman says she secretly recorded Jared Fogle's conversations

<b>(CNN) —</b> When Rochelle Herman first heard Jared Fogle's alleged off-color comments about young girls, she was so disturbed, she knew she had to do something, she said.<p>She recorded conversations with him for the FBI.<p>Fogle, a pitchman for Subway at the time, was attending a health event at a school in …

Australia seeks to stop green groups challenging developments

<b>Australia's government is seeking changes to environmental laws which could make it harder for green groups to challenge development projects.</b><p>The Coalition said legal challenges to projects such as coal mines were putting jobs and the economy at risk.<p>It wants to change the law so only people …

Apple could choose Intel over Qualcomm for future iPhone modems

Qualcomm will be providing 100 percent of the modem chips for Apple’s iPhone 6s, but Apple may ditch it in favor of Intel for future handsets, claims a new report.<p>Qualcomm is said to have teamed-up with TSMC to build the modem chips for the iPhone 6s, using TSMC’s 20nm process.<p>For later iPhones, …

Tianjin blasts: Another of China's 'profound lessons'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Apocalyptic scenes of the smoldering aftermath of successive explosions in Tianjin have once again illustrated the dangers of Chinese industry.<p>Lax safety procedures and oversight have been blamed for the blasts, which have killed more than 100 people and sent toxic fumes into the air, …

Tianjin

Firefighters, police hold moment of silence in Tianjin

TIANJIN, China (AP) — Firefighters, police and officials held a moment of silence Tuesday for victims of last week's huge explosions at a warehouse …

Why Are Millennials So Obsessed With Food?

The author Eve Turow argues that a generation’s taste for natural ingredients will shape the future of restaurants, grocery stores, and agriculture.<p>When Eve Turow returned to her college campus for her five-year reunion, she realized that she’d changed: Back when she was in college, she was content …

Russian, Iranian foreign ministers to discuss nuclear plan, Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet on Monday to discuss the Iranian nuclear program and peace efforts in Syria, Russia’s foreign ministry said on Saturday.<p>Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and his …

China blast: residents evacuated from Tianjin over chemical fears

Deadly sodium cyanide confirmed at China blast site as residents told to wear long trousers and masks<p>Residents around the site of giant explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin were evacuated over fears of toxic contamination, the official Xinhua news agency said Saturday, as the death toll rose …

Japan emperor offers 'remorse' on WWII surrender anniversary

TOKYO (AP) — Emperor Akihito expressed rare "deep remorse" over his country's wartime actions in an address Saturday marking the 70th anniversary of …

Brutal new poll shows a sharp plunge in support for the Iran deal

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll published on Monday, only 28% of Americans said that they approve of the Iran deal, which aims to curb the country's nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief.<p>That compared to 57% who said they disapprove of the deal, which was brokered between …

Lebanon's trash crisis worsens amid rising heat, anger

BEIRUT (AP) — It's summer in this proud Mediterranean city, with celebrities and Lebanese expats flocking to international festivals and parties at …

Pentagon seeks cyberweapons strong enough to deter attacks

The nation that brought the world the mushroom cloud is now hard at work on a new project: coming up with cyberweapons so strong that their very existence would deter foreign governments from attacking U.S. databases and crucial computer systems.<p>The idea is to try to adapt a military concept that …

Wikileaks: US 'spied on Japan government and companies'

<b>The US has been spying on Japanese cabinet officials, banks and companies, including the Mitsubishi conglomerate, whistleblowing website Wikileaks says.</b><p>Documents released by Wikileaks list 35 telephone numbers targeted for interception by the US National Security Agency (NSA).<p>The surveillance …

Oligarchy Of Super PAC Megadonors Have Conquered American Politics

The majority of money raised for the 2016 presidential race came from those giving $100,000 or more.<p>WASHINGTON -- A new oligarchic era of American politics came into full view on Friday, as super PACs disclosed fundraising details showing billionaires bankrolling the 2016 presidential race to an …

The man with the toughest job in the world | Janine di Giovanni

When Staffan de Mistura became UN special envoy, his past successes brought hope for peace. A year later, with no solution in sight, he faces heavy criticism. Has his innovative diplomacy failed or is it simply mission impossible?<p>In July 2014, Staffan de Mistura, a 68-year old Italian-Swedish …